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Our Favorite Kid Stories and Videos of 2009

Following up on our round-up of animal stories and videos, here are our favorite child-focused pieces from the past year.


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Following up on our round-up of animal stories and videos, here are our favorite child-focused pieces from the past year. If you missed them the first time around, here’s your chance to catch up—and if not, they’re always worth a second look. Enjoy!

Notes Left Behind: Elena Desserich’s Amazing Gift
Though Elena Desserich died at the age of six, she left behind an amazing gift for her family: a series of hidden love notes.

Boy Loses Vision to Cancer, But Finds Support from a Football Team
When 12-year-old Jake Olson was told he’d need surgery that would leave him completely blind, he had just one request: he wanted to see one more football game. He got far more than he had hoped for.

Babar Ali, 16, Creates Free School for Poor Villagers
A 16-year-old boy from India has created a free program to educate more than 800 children in his village.

Wyatt Wilke’s Sunflower: A Bittersweet Victory
Wyatt Wilke grew a sunflower to enter in a contest in a nearby town, but died unexpectedly the day of the competition. Instead, his family took his flower to the show—and won the prize in his name.

Little Boy Jamming to Randy Hauser’s “Boots On”
Check out this pint-sized country music fan rocking out to his favorite tune, Randy Hauser’s “Boots On.”

Kristin Andreassen - Crayola Doesn’t Make A Color For Your Eyes
This music video, featuring a class full of elementary school kids, is just about the most adorable thing we’ve ever seen. From the album Kiss Me Hello.

Little Boy Plays Jason Mraz Cover on Ukelele
A little boy performs an unintelligible, yet adorable, cover of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” on ukelele.

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